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San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - FROM THE COVER -

Now that the midterms are over, all eyes in the po­lit­i­cal world turn to the 2020 pres­i­den­tial race. There is no doubt there will be Cal­i­for­nia Democrats in the mix — the only ques­tion is how many. Let’s take in­ven­tory: Ka­mala Har­ris has been pro­jected as a con­tender from the day she was sworn in as the state’s ju­nior sen­a­tor, and noth­ing she has done since then has dis­pelled that no­tion. Her mem­oir will be out early next year, a manda­tory primer for the masses. Gavin New­som? Not this time.

Quot­ing an un­named source, Politico posted a story Thurs­day claim­ing Rep. Eric Swal­well is “def­i­nitely run­ning.” My source close to Swal­well said that is def­i­nitely pre­ma­ture. But Swal­well sure sounded ready to roll in a chat with CNN’s Wolf Bl­itzer on Fri­day. His Iowa roots give him a head start over other left coast­ers go­ing to the heart­land. Add L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, im­peach-Trump-cheer­leader Tom Steyer and self-pro­mo­tion-mae­stro Michael Ave­natti to the men­tion­ables. Cal­i­for­nia moved up its pri­mary to March 3, 2020, which helps ex­plain the great state of am­bi­tion.

John Diaz, ed­i­to­rial page ed­i­tor

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